THIS IS NOWHERE (2002)

“With gentle humor and a keen eye for detail, Hawes-Davis offers a telling commentary on the American relationship with nature and the open road.” All Movie Guide

“A tragicomic portrait of an un-landed gentry in search of a mythical America that is fast giving way to the concrete realities of mass-market placelessness.” Metropolis

“Visionary…. fascinating, humane, terrifying, futuristic and very, very, very wry, you’ll never go supermarket in quite the same way again.” kinoKulture

“A new reading of the American dream. And thanks to the unobtrusive style of the filmmaking, the viewer is allowed to contemplate a handful of factors concerning retirement, the economy, gluttony, and the inability of some people to stay planted.”  www.flickhead.com

“An utterly fascinating journey to examine the motivations and philosophies of RV travelers.” BOISEweekly

“The importance of THIS IS NOWHERE lies in its grave outlook on where our consumer culture is heading is we don’t become aware of our tendency to push ever outward and require more sprawl and more convenience.” Birmingham Weekly

“Witty, profound and inventive, this is documentary filmmaking at its best.” Missoula Independent

“It is a given that in Hawes-Davis films that his subject will be treated with fairness and some hilarity - it is compassion that allows his camera to lay bare its subject. Quick judgments are withheld, and the smooth, anti-art road of indictment and malice is avoided. This can be said even though the film delves brazenly into the negative implications of this radically consumptive road culture and its banal superstore fixation. This film is about a culture that views the world as entertainment, and the fantastic level of abstraction that such a view requires.” Mountain Gazette

“The film allows the RV-ers…to speak for themselves, and the result is…sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing commentary about contemporary American values.” Mother Jones

“Paints a playful but also rather disturbing picture of this societal trend.” Missoula Independent

“It’s a hoot!” RV Lifestyle

“Curiously wonderful and funny.” Missoulian

“Alternately humorous and serious, interviews are interspersed with clips of historical travelers, including Lewis and Clark, who traveled through the area. Conversational topics range from the decline of small town centers, the joys of traveling, and the camaraderie of boon dockers. A delightful film, full of interesting people.” Escapees

“Covering the ghastly spectacle of contemporary US life is a nasty job, but somebody’s got to do it, and High Plains Films has done it very well.” James Howard Kunstler, Author, The Geography of Nowhere

“Excellent…an interesting, funny, endearing, sometimes sorrowful look at the people who call themselves ‘Wally Worlders.’” Montana Kaiman

“Ironic and witty.” Curve

“Investigates the symbiotic relationship between Wal-Mart and a segment of RV travelers. But, it does more. It also tackles bigger issues of urban sprawl, consumerism and the homogeneity of American culture.” Spokesman-Review

“Humorous and smart, the film raises provocative questions about community values, liberty, consumerism, and the American dream.” Natural Home & Garden

“A rather disturbing picture.” RV Business

“A quirky film that provides a view into a small segment of society that makes the RV their primary residence. There are roughly 3 million people who have chosen this as their lifestyle that the census used to refer to as the ‘affluent homeless.’ I was drawn to their unique way of life and the sense of contentment many of the couples exuded from the freedom of mobility.” The Californian

“Facsinating, hilarious and surprisingly insightful.” Cascadia Weekly

“Director Doug Hawes-Davis turns a sharp eye on one of the more bizarre aspects of American culture through his interviewees who are camped out on the cement in the Wal-Mart in Missoula, Montana.” Phoenix Cinema

“Powerful. The film paints a disturbing, almost tragic, portrait of people looking for something different, yet wanting everything to be the same. And while it’s easy to laugh at the inconsistencies and near hypocrisy found in the lifestyle choices of people introduced in this documentary, it’s unfortunately just as easy to identify with their motivations. Thus it’s upsettingly obvious that their lives, and the entire film, provide a metaphor that can be extended to American culture and American aspirations at large.”  www.greenworks.tv

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